Parenting 101?

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Science Careers


American Association for the Advancement of Science

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After four children, I've learned to give far less gratuitous parenting advice than I did following the birth of my first. Twelve years ago, when my oldest was a newborn, I secretly thought my child-rearing methods and philosophies were foolproof. Now, I freely admit to being completely stymied by a 3-year-old who doesn't see any particularly reason to use the potty. As the children became old enough to provide verbal feedback, I also realized what seemed to work at the time wasn't as effective as we had hoped it would be. One would think that being in science would have better prepared us for the sudden paradigm shifts that require reinterpretation of everything we thought we understood (and this is even prior to puberty!) At least for us, though, parenting style has been part philosophy and part serendipity. It's amazing we've been able to actually manage parenting and career.


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